Top tips to reduce risks
This week is Child Safety Week and it serves as a vital reminder to have a really good look at how we can make life safer for our children.
Accidental injury is one of the biggest single causes of death in the UK for children.
A national “Save a Life Survey” involving over 2000 people, showed that a third of all parents have had to rush their child to hospital at some point and horrifyingly found that 82% of the parents they surveyed would not know what to do if their child started choking or was burned.
All children have accidents and although thankfully most are minor, if something more serious happens it is vital to know; what to do immediately, when to phone an ambulance and what to do whilst waiting for help.
The following RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) statistics make alarming reading:
500,000 children need to go to casualty annually after accidents in the home
125,000 children are killed or injured in garden accidents.
20,000 are admitted to A&E with burns
6000 children are injured in road accidents.
Over 3,000 children are injured as car passengers
70 children are killed on the roads every WEEK!
In an analysis of hospital admissions, the most common serious injuries in children were caused by the following:
1. Choking, suffocation and strangulation
2. Falls – particularly from furniture and down stairs
3. Poisoning – medicines, household chemicals and batteries
4. Burns and scalds – hot drinks, pans and bath water
Many of these accidents could have been avoided. Equipping yourself with First Aid skills and appropriately treating your child immediately, can often reduce the seriousness of the injury and may avoid a hospital admission altogether.
First Aid is not complicated, but involves skills and confidence that need to be learnt. First Aid for Life has produced unique online first aid courses to empower you to learn these vital skills when it suits you.
For burns it is important to know when and how to remove clothing and then to run the burnt area under cool running water for at least 10 minutes. It takes a full 10 minutes to cool the burn properly and in doing this it is even possible to reverse some of the damage to the skin. Ensure that the casualty does not get too cold as this can lead them to go into shock. Do not rush to cover a burn as the cooling is the most important treatment and never any creams on a burn. Phone an ambulance if you are concerned and keep cooling the burn whilst waiting. All burns should be assessed by a medical professional.
Children need to be able to explore and enjoy their environment and should not be wrapped in cotton-wool. Basic sensible precautions to keep them safe, along with essential first aid knowledge, will allow everyone to feel more confident should an accident happen.
Article by Emma Hammet from First Aid for Life is an Award Winning fully regulated and Ofqual Approved First Aid Training Company. This information has been provided for guidance only and is not a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life. www.kensingtonmums.co.uk and onlinefirstaid.com is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information.
Pictures credit from Child Safety week and First Aid for Life.